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Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-21

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Grateful Dead Live at West High Auditorium on 1980-06-21

Set 1
d1t01 [14:48] Sugaree >
d1t02 [07:49] Minglewood
d1t03 [07:04] Candyman
d1t04 [03:00] Me And My Uncle >
d1t05 [06:07] Big River
d1t06 [08:03] Loser
d1t07 [03:37] Lazy Lightning >
d1t08 [06:01] Supplication
d1t09 [04:17] Far From Me
d1t10 [07:55] Ramble on Rose
d1t11 [08:38] Feel Like a Stranger

Set 2
d2t01 [04:36] Big Railroad Blues
d2t02 [07:53] Samson & Delilah
d2t03 [11:41] Terrapin Station >
d2t04 [13:51] Playin' In The Band >
d2t05 [07:51] Drums >
d2t06 [04:13] Space >
d2t07 [09:07] Truckin' >
d2t08 [09:36] Stella Blue >
d2t09 [09:09] Sugar Magnolia

d2t10 [04:38] One More Saturday Night
d2t11 [06:07] Brokedown Palace

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue West High Auditorium
Location Anchorage, AK

Source SBD+AUD Matrix Mix (60%-SBD/40%-AUD)
Transferred by Dan


Source Info

Soundboard > Cassette Master > Sonic Solutions (20bit) >
Sony SBM2 > Master CD > EAC > FLAC

Taper: Eddie Claridge
Source: AKG 414 stereo mic -> Sony TC-158 deck
Location: At the soundboard patched from Dan Healy

- Cassette Masters supplied by Richard Hale
- Transferred and patched by David Gans
- Aud patches: First few notes of Candyman; middle of Loser;
first half of Big RxR Blues; half a minute or so of Space
- Per Richard Hale, this is the best circulating source


Tech Notes

SHNs were decoded to wave and SF 6.0 was used to reassemble
the tracks back to 1 long wave. CEP2.0 was used to align &
synch both of the sources. CEP2.0 used to adjust the volume
for the SBD & AUD. This is a 60% SBD, 40% AUD mix.
- Mixed by
- SHN conversion 11-FEB-2005
- Updates text file and artwork 10-OCT-2007
- Artwork by 300dpi - For best results
print at the highest resolution onto glossy photo paper.
Design for use with a clear slim double jewel case.


Reviewer: oddacon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2016
Subject: The Terrapin Test
This is the best Terrapin EVER! i submit to anyone out there to take 'The Terrapin Test'. you'll agree with me. And if you find a better version, lemme know, seriously i'd like to hear. this is so badass! the harmony, the vocals, the organ. everyone is on point! that organ tho! (~);}
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 3, 2015
Subject: The Grateful God Damn Dead
Sound is supreme ! Great music here !
Reviewer: GreenLion - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 24, 2014
Subject: Some great songs
Some of the songs in this performance have caught my attention particularly. Catch especially the Sugar Magnolia and Sugaree. They're on fire!
Reviewer: pierre1959 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2014
Subject: inspired
Yeah, the setlist doesn't contain any bombs, but hey if you got them all the time they wouldn't be bombs would they? Inspired ripping perfomance. The pitch is a bit flat.
Reviewer: DMTrue13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2013
Subject: organ
this is one of my favorite shows now, thank you! when brent plays the organ, which he does a lot in this show it really brings things together. magical moment, thanks again!
Reviewer: mid-maine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 8, 2013
Subject: Bonus!
I have enjoyed SoundBoard versions of this show since '85 or '86, XLII, then discs, then streaming. This is the first time I've sampled the Matrix, never having been too impressed with the aud over the "bright" SB. All I can say is that this is a sweet upgrade in that the bass register and the echo effect of Jerry's phasing is enhanced in this blended capture. For some reason, the Sugaree, here, has made an impression on me (along with JGB 3-1-80) such that this is THE Sugaree sound when I think of the song. Yes, there are jammier versions, nastier versions, sweeter versions, smoother versions. It's a certain je ne sais quoi which makes these 1980 versions the template. Maybe it's because they're the Sugarees I cut my teeth on. More than likely, it's the fact that they explore all the sounds and effects available with the (then) new Alembic set up, allowing Jer to push through each tone in his palette. In short, this sets the tone for an extra-ordinary show in an extra-ordinary context. Ah, had I been old enough, I would have been grateful to have ridden the Grey Rabbit all the way to Anchorage. Those lucky few were lucky souls, indeed. Remember the context, and you have nothing short of pure, alchemical magic!
Reviewer: Loser2244 - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2012
Subject: Loser solo
started off weak but turned out to be a great solo
Reviewer: petergunn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 29, 2012
Subject: First ever "live" listen to the DEAD
I don't know what caused me to stop and give a listen to this live set. But I gotta say it was fantastic! Unfortunately I never got to hear and see the Dead when I was a kid. My sister either wouldn't take me or dad wouldn't let me. This set takes me back though and I will begin to give an ear to other "live" sets here at the Archive. Having only been used to the more polished studio sound that you got on the albums (or the MTV sound) this was more raw and I think powerful than those albums. Damn, do wish I could really go back..knowing what I now know I would snuck off to go to a live show. Would have been worth dad's wrath.
Reviewer: Longshank13 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2012
Subject: yes it's a stale set list!
as stale as it gets....that being said, if this one does'nt take you right back, when for a few magical hours time stood still, and the music never stopped, well then you can no longer make that trip. Jerry is on fire!!!
Reviewer: OT Sunset - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 5, 2012
Subject: Brokedown!!
I waited a damn long time to hear my first one live and isn't it beautiful?!

Too much AUD at times but an interesting mix and lots to like here.

Reviewer: Ketchikan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2012
Subject: Anchorage
Folks, this was an 1800 seat high school auditorium on the summer solstice in Alaska. The band was ON and it was an unbelievable treat for someone who had just moved to AK and had seen them the week before in Boulder(who are the Grateful Dead and why do they keep following me around?). This was the last of 3 nights. A 5 star for sure, and thanks to archives for keeping me young.
Reviewer: gonzo81 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 4, 2011
Subject: 2nd gen deadhead
though this setlist is getting a bit stale, its almost the same from 78-80. the second set was off the wall. plus brokedown for the encore. the brokedown palace is one of the best iv heard. everyone is on point, and lettin the crowd go on an awesome note. ohh for the people who want a good sugaree opener check out the shows from 78. much better!
Reviewer: Heckle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2011
Subject: WOW!
I often overlook the early 80s due to some of the "speedy" shows I've heard but this one gets 5 stars based on Sugaree alone! The energy of it is rockin'. I put this one up there with Kansas City '82, another one which surprised me for how good the Dead could be in early 80s.

The Mergz
Reviewer: DeADhEadmatthew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2011
Subject: good show
i give it the highest rateing bc its not offten you seen them come out with sugaree and candyman
that early and if they do please let me know of these shows
Reviewer: jdools - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2011
Subject: A Deadhead ever since
Saw them this tour in the other corner of the country, Florida. It was my first show and I've been addicted ever since. I'm new to the archive though and find it absolutely amazing. If anyone would be kind enough to tell me how to make CDs from these shows,please e-mail me at


Reviewer: HeadMaine - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2011
Subject: Great Show
Is it just me or does the soundbseem to jump around in some kind of odd places.When the 2nd set start's at the 1:05 mark of Big Railroad Blues there is thgis stunning clarity that falls into place and just brings all the vocals instruments together and lessens the crowd noise.Kind of caught me off guard.Big Railroad has always been a favorite of mine going back some 35 years ago,when a friend came up to me and said he had tix for a show in Boston and of course being an adventoursome youth told my parents that my buddies and I were going camping on the loical stream as we often did in the summer(Boy if my Old Man really new what we were doing,I'd probably still be wearing my ass for a hat,as it has been said many times "The Bus Came By And I Got On!"
Reviewer: darazn1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2011
Subject: Great Show!
I've only heard through Samson, but what a ripping version of that song! Right up there with my favorite versions of Spring '90!

The first set begins with some spacey sounds on stage. 15 more second of tape would have revealed Brent making some trippy synth effects into the Sugaree. Someone, maybe Bob, is out of tune, or is it the pitch of the various sources? Either I got used to it, or else it gets corrected pretty quick

Jerry plays this show with precision and depth. Once again, ripping Samson! Can't wait to hear the rest.
Reviewer: T4Texas - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2011
Subject: An historical correction aimed at Gus_Manheim
Hey Gus-

FYI,Alaska was not the 50th state inducted into these United States of America, rather it was Hawaii.

Some historical facts you may, or may not, wish to consider:

Alaska State #49 Admitted to the union on Jan. 3, 1959.

Hawaii State #50 Admitted to the union on Aug. 21, 1959.

Just setting the record straight. Awesome show.
Love the matrix technology...
Reviewer: Spoiled Rotten - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 19, 2010
Subject: 1980 Jun 21 Alaska
What the hell happened to this recording of Sugaree? It sounds like it's in monologue until 48 or 49 seconds in and then it abruptly changes to a better quality recording. At the risk of being labeled a purist recording snob, with all due respect, this specific recording at the beginning of Sugaree is horrible. There are better copies of this show floating around. I'm blown away by the amount of people who rated this recording five stars. Really? Five stars? Man, I'd love to have y'all listen to some of my soundboards and first-generation tapes ... those who say this archive recording is considered the best there is. Maybe the majority of us who taped are dead, judging by the number of heads who rated this recording five stars. I'm flabbergasted.
Reviewer: 2dogsbarking - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 30, 2010
Subject: Sugree 9 min on ........
Ok This just kicks ass, just an amazing solo for 4 minutes. I agree one of the best I've heard.
Reviewer: dc in colorado - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2010
Subject: glorious!
Superb recording of a superb show.

If anyone knows how to fix the problem with the archive player please do so! (as of 10/20/10 it does not continue track-to-track)
Reviewer: marshall62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2010
Subject: Where are the download files
Hey this show sounds great! How come its available only in streaming format?
Why does the little player above only allow playing one song at a time? The combination of the two makes listening to this concert a bit limited

I really like the 60/40 sbd/aud blend. I don't necessarily care about hearing people screaming but the ambiance of the room is really important to a live sound.
Reviewer: prizefighter smith - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2010
Subject: broke down
i'll take a brokedown palace over a dark star any day. fricking beautiful.
Reviewer: grateful live - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2010
Subject: ALASKA!
There's a lot to love about this show. Starting out with a SMOKIN' Sugaree (and I'm not even a huge fan of that song)that has to rank among the best ever, followed by a funky minglewood that just grooves along, and then a very nice candyman... what a way to begin a show.

The loser is also a real treat, despite that song being somewhat spoiled for me forever by 03-24-90... impossible to live up to that standard.

Lazy lightning and Samson are both on point, but to me the highlight of the second set is the TERRAPIN! exquisite.

and for some reason, brent seems to really shine here. I never really notice or appreciate the keys as much as I should (my ears tend to want to follow Phil and Jerry more often than not), but many times during this show I found myself being captivated by Brent.

this one ranks as one of my favorite shows on the archive, but i've only been listening to these shows for a year or so (i'm a new generation deadhead) so take that compliment with a grain of salt.

Probably the main reason why I'm currently infatuated with this show has to do with the quality of the matrix... GREAT JOB GUYS!! These matrices always transcend me to another space in time! keep em coming, it's the closest thing us young folk are ever going to get to actually seeing the boys in concert.
Reviewer: AdaptiveFlow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2010
Subject: Such trippy space
Bobby I am pretty sure was flipping his wig during space, maybe the aurora borialis came alive...who knows...great energy.
Reviewer: jwbinaj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 21, 2010
Subject: Sugaree
Best Sugareee I've heard in a long time soulnds like a lot of the later JGB versions...what a jam !
Reviewer: jerry8995 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2010
Subject: An Awesome Show
As many of you reading this I have been to and heard hundreds and hundreds of Dead shows, but I have to say this one really gets my attention.
I am trying to find fault with this show and I just can't, from the setlist to the performance it gets 5 stars. Why don't they put this out as the next vault show? Instead they put out the July, 7,89 Philly show that I actually listened to twice (had to give it a 2nd chance) and then I put it on the shelf in my collection forever. That release is the first that I didn't load to my i-tunes.
This Alaska show isn't just the best of the run or one of the bext of 1980, IMHO it is one of the best I have heard all time and I'm not big on passing out praise like that.
The recording is also great.
Reviewer: gus manheim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 9, 2010
Subject: fun trip
i was at these shows.stayed for a week and got to see a little of our 50th for the shows they were good.i was hoping for a little JG states we always failed at the big events.i think that`s a little strong but they weren`t what i thought they could be.Phil did a little DS tease as it were on the final night.the place was a little high school aud.i have my full tix still.they hardly checked them.once in you go in and out at any time.i have a cool bumper sticker to "Grateful Dead in Alaska".also have an Anchorage paper with a great pull out section.all in all i had a great time.and before i forget the sound of this is awesome.great it
Reviewer: HipHop420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 3, 2010
Subject: Loser!!!
IF i had a gun for every ace i've drawn........ classic. The boys in Alaska!
Reviewer: akmer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2010
Subject: people still talk about this show in alaska
I've heard about this show from my father for about as long as I can remember knowing who the Grateful Dead even were and so I'm thrilled to be able to hear it at last. Just as good as he always said, and in excellent quality.
Reviewer: Dylan M - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2010
Classic 1980 show. How did i miss this one until now?

The Matrix is well-done, to say the least. I have not heard the pure board, but i'd imagine this being a rare occasion (Alaska Dead Run?!) that the crowd energy is a worthy inclusion. Usually i like the crispness of the pure SBD, but this matrix has all the proper audience noise, and it never annoys.

Stellar Terrapin>Playin'. Jerry's vocals on Terrapin are sublimely perfect. It almost sounds studio nice. Very tender rendition with a nice instrumental follow through. Playin' jam is intense and gets spacey towards the end with over 10 minutes of post-lyrics jamming. Good stuff! I had heard the night before, but i have to agree this one is the topper of the two Alaska shows i have heard. DLing night 1 right now.... Thanks!!
Reviewer: jackstraw86 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2008
Subject: Killer Sound!
This has got to be one of the best sounding matrix mixes I've heard on the Archive. Wonderful full sound.

The show is amazing too. I think this is the best of the run. Get this now!
Reviewer: SomeDarkHollow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2008
Subject: Best of The Bunch
A show of this quality deserves a matrix of this quality. Great job of mixing an awesome AUD source with a crisp SBD. The show itself is, IMHO, the best of the run and is stellar from start to finish. Thanks again for the work on this one, your effort shows in the end product.
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